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Abuela de Miami: Wining & Dining at Bonefish Grill – Aventura #incredibleis

In About on March 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm
With the great crew and one of the owners at the Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill - Aventura

With the great crew and one of the owners at the
Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill – Aventura

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill - Aventure

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill – Aventure

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Abuela de Miami received a wonderful invitation to attend a private, VIP, one of a kind, special preview, pre-opening, five course meal at the new Bonefish Grill in Aventura.  On the eve of its grand opening, Abuela de Miami, along with a number of other local influencers, was warmly received by the bright, young staff whose eagerness and enthusiasm was refreshing and contagious.  Abuela de Miami loves and rewards excellent customer service so I had to immediately take a “selfie” with this memorable crew and one of the owners.

We were received with signature cocktails like the Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini which was exquisitely prepared and then were led into one of the two beautiful private dining areas to start our gastronomic experience. Each course from the appetizers to the desserts was accompanied by a special wine or a signature cocktail.  Scrumptious tuna street tacos were accompanied by a Chandon rosé; a cilantro lime salad was paired with a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; a surf & turf mixed grill was enhanced by the exceptional Conundrum Red Blend from California.  Talk about smooth, melt in your mouth flavor.  We didn’t just have one dessert, we had two!  The strawberry shortcake with fresh berries and real whipped cream was then followed by the new do it yourself donuts from the bar menu with the option to fill the donuts with caramel or chocolate.  The evening was topped off by a one of a kind espresso martini with house made vanilla vodka, which was amazing and definitely gave you a jolt of energy!

This truly was a memorable night and the new friends I made were a special bonus! Miami Al Maximo is definitely placing this location on its summer production list.  Bonefish Grill – Aventura is a must visit when you want to have a delicious contemporary American meal in a sophisticated yet casual environment with great service.  They are located at 18713 Biscayne Boulevard and although reservations are not required I would definitely take advantage of their online reservation system so that you have a table ready and waiting.  Long lines are sure to form at this location as soon as the word is out that they are open for business.  For more information and reservations go to https://www.bonefishgrill.com/Aventura and make sure to follow them on twitter @bonefishgrill.

P.S.  Each of us was given a bottle of Conundrum Red Blend from California to enjoy at home! Yay!!

Provecho! from your favorite.

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship #EWD

In About on March 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day - Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day – Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women's Day:  Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores #EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day: Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores
#EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day @ Cadillac Championship Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship
Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

Abuela de Miami "paseando" at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami “paseando” at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami had the awesome experience of attending the PGA Executive Women’s Day at the Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral on March 2, 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the event was sponsored by Astellas and the setting was the elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Trump National Doral.  I was invited as part of the influencer group of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas and from start to finish we received VIP treatment.  The PGA Executive Women’s Day succeeded in creating an unforgettable experience for the participants, and from valet parking, special gifts, delicious lunch, networking time, special tour and event photos, the attention to detail was evident.

My favorite part was listening and interacting with the panel of speakers at the event.  These are women who have succeeded in their fields and are now giving back and empowering other women for success.  Moderated by Local 10 anchor, Kristi Krueger, the real life experience, practical advice and accessibility shared and demonstrated by each of these exceptional women was invaluable and paid dividends on the investment of a few hours of my day.  The Power Panel discussion was led by Michelle Beauchamp, USA Brand Director for Grey Goose & Bacardi, Sonya Canas, Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager of Mercantil CommerceBank, and Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade at Celebrity Cruises.  Keynote speaker Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley rounded out the event with wisdom from years of experience:  “if you consider yourself a leader in the 21st century you must be comfortable taking risks!”

I returned over the weekend to watch the tournament and I have to give an honorable mention to Imagination Playground Kid’s Zone located at the 18th Hole Fan Zone.  What a great idea and a wonderful experience for the children who attended the event!  The playground was composed of large shaped blocks which included cubes, cylinders, cogs and allowed the kid to create whatever they wanted and as far as their imagination would take them.  Imagination Playground manufactures these innovative playgrounds which encourage creativity, camaraderie and collaboration among the children.  You can get more information at http://www.imaginationplayground.com.

Make sure to be on the lookout for the PGA Tour’s Women’s Executive Day in your part of the country, and definitely plan on attending next year’s event in the south Florida area.  For more information you can visit their website at: www.pgatour.com/woman.html.  You can also follow them on their social media platforms at:

Facebook:  PGATOURWoman

Twitter:  @pgatourwoman @AstellasUS

‘Til our next adventure, hugs & kisses from your favorite,

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami

Abuela de Miami makes Carnitas al Horno!

In About on January 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm
Abuela De Miami's Carnitas al horno #SabiosdelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela De Miami’s Carnitas al horno #SabiosdelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Carnitas al horno #SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Carnitas al horno #SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela de Miami Makes Carnitas al horno!
#SabiosDelSabor #PorkTeInspira

Abuela de Miami had to get in on the #PorkTeInspira #SabiosDelSabor contest by sharing a picture of a favorite pork dish: Carnitas al Horno! #AbueloDeMiami loves tacos de carnitas, but I want to keep them as healthy as possible for him so I skip the traditional frying method and I roast the pork shoulder instead. Although using the roasting method takes longer, the preparation is easier and more importantly most of the fat is rendered out. I save the rendered fat and use it to prepare refried beans or other recipes that call for tasty fat! Here is the recipe:

Carnitas Al Horno

Ingredients
3 – 4 pounds of #Pork shoulder cut into four or five large chunks
4 Tablespoons Goya Adobo Sin Pimienta (Adobo without pepper)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
5 Cloves of garlic
1 Onion Sliced
½ Orange – juiced
Corn tortillas
Coarsely chopped cilantro
Coarsely chopped onions
Lime wedges
Salsa

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 375º
2. Season the pork pieces with Goya Adobo, which you can find in the Hispanic section of your supermarket. If not then make a spice blend with a base of salt and garlic powder. Get creative!
3. Add olive oil to a Dutch oven (deep pan with lid that goes from stove to oven) and heat to medium high heat on the stove
4. Add the pork sections and sear on all sides. This should take about 10 minutes. Turn off burner
5. Add the garlic, onion and pour the orange juice over the meat. Add the orange peel if you like
6. Cover the Dutch oven with foil and then place the lid on the pan
7. Place the Dutch oven in the oven at 375º for an hour, then lower the temperature to 240º for two hours
8. After three hours remove the pan from the oven and gently take the meat out of the pan and place it on a plate to rest and drain for twenty minutes. Pull apart meat to assemble tacos
9. Warm up corn tortillas and assemble the tacos adding cilantro and onions; sprinkle with lime and add your salsa
10. EAT!

Mexicans only place onions, cilantro and salsa on our tacos de carnitas because we expect the flavor of the meat to be so delicious and succulent that we don’t want anything to cover it up! I typically serve the tacos with Mexican coleslaw (shredded cabbage, cucumber, onion, cilantro, salt, lime juice) on the side. The acidity of the salad helps cut through the richness of the meat. You can add toppings to your liking and serve with your favorite side dish.

Thank you to Latina Mom Bloggers for letting us know about this contest. Get in on the fun and share a picture of your favorite pork recipe using the hashtag #SabiosDelSabor on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a VIP getaway for two to Miami! Go to http://www.porkteinspira.com/dalailomo for more information.

And if you try my recipe let me know how it comes out!

Love,
Abuela de Miami

Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala 2014

In About on December 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Annual Christmas Gala 2014 Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Abuela de Miami and Abuelo de Miami attended the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation Annual Christmas Gala at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, December 6th.  It was one of those rare, beautiful, cool South Florida evenings accompanied by a gentle breeze.  Hundreds poured onto the Seaquarium grounds where tents had been set up.  Food and drink were aplenty, and the music was jammin’.  The highlight of the night for abuela and abuelo de Miami was Grupo Niche.  They delighted the crowd with their classics as everyone sang and danced along.  From the iconoc “Revolotea” to “Gotas de Lluvia” to “Una Aventura” they gave their all to Miami that evening. You can visit Abuela de Miami’s Instagram account @jflores111 to watch a couple of videos which I uploaded.

The grounds were so large that I didn’t see any of my fellow Carnaval Miami VIP Ambassadors although I knew they were there because I was continually receiving their posts on social media.  It was the perfect event to kick off a very busy holiday season.  Looking forward to the upcoming events.  Follow here or at @abuelademiami, @carnaval_miami to receive updates.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Abuela de Miami

Abuela de Miami VIP Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015

In About on December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval/Kiwanis/CalleOcho

Abuela de Miami named a VIP Culture Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015!

Abuela de Miami had so much fun at Carnaval on the Mile 2014 and Calle Ocho 2014 that she was thrilled when she was chosen for Carnaval Miami 2015 as a VIP culture ambassador!  As a member of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas she had the opportunity to submit her name for consideration, and at the Carnaval Preview Party on November 10th at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables she was given the great news along with a number of the other VIP ambassadors in attendance.

Carnaval Miami is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and includes a number of events during the months of February and January which include Carnaval on the Mile, Miss Carnaval Miami, Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament and the nation’s largest Latin street party, CALLE OCHO!  For the past 37 years these events have made it possible for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to raise funds for scholarships, projects and programs which benefit the youth in the community.  Many of the youth who participate in the educational and recreational programs start as small children remain until they become young adults heading off to Florida universities with the scholarships given to them by the Kiwanis Club.

Carnaval on the Mile is a two day festival located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables filled with art, music, food and fun for the entire family.   Next year it is from Saturday – Sunday, March 7 – 8, 2015.

Calle Ocho is held on a Sunday in Little Havana between SW 8th Street and 27th Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   There are blocks full of booths with Latin food from every country, stages with the hottest Latin performers, children’s activities and companies giving away samples to the hundreds of thousands who show up to party!  Next year the event is on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Abuela de Miami will be posting on the events taking place as we head into Carnaval season.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbuelaDeMiami and @Carnaval_Miami for the most recent updates.

Abuela de Miami Donates Hair via Pantene #BeautifulLengths on National Donate Your Hair Day

In About on December 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm
We did it!  Donated 8 inches of hair on National Donate Your Hair Day!

We did it! Donated 8 inches of hair on National Donate Your Hair Day!

National Donate Your Hair Day with Pantene #BeautifulLengths

National Donate Your Hair Day with Pantene #BeautifulLengths

Abuela de Miami Donates Hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Cause on National Donate Your Hair Day, November 22, 2014

Abuela de Miami had the awesome privilege of being able to donate 8 inches of her hair on National Donate Your Hair Day, Saturday, November 22, 2014 through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.  Abuela de Miami heard about this special event on a Twitter Party hosted by Latina Mom Bloggers with telenovela star Maite Perroni and celebrity hairstylist Gabriel Samra.   Since Pantene started the Beautiful Lengths program in 2006 more than 600,000 ponytails have been donated and over 34,000 wigs have been created for women with cancer.

The event in Miami was held at Gabriel Samra Hair Salon where more than 17 women, children and men added to the 4,800,000 inches of hair donated since 2006 to this worthy cause.  The whole process was pleasant, convenient and the Pantene reps and the staff at the salon made us feel like celebrities!  My hair had to be clean, dry, without any hair products or dyes, and no more than 5% gray hair.  Gabriel made two ponytails out of my hair and then snip, snip and it was done!

My hair grows quickly so I look forward to being able to donate again next year!  In the meantime I’m rocking this very cool, unstructured bob by Gabriel Samra that really frames my face very nicely and is easy to style.  Thank you Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Gabriel Samra for all you do!

For more information on the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program or to donate hair please visit http://www.beautifullengths.wordpress.com

Abuela de Miami learns about Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes 2.0!

In About on December 21, 2014 at 9:01 am
Abuela de Miami learning about Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes Video Game 2.0

Abuela de Miami learning about Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes Video Game 2.0

Abuela de Miami is now in the know about Disney Infinity!

Abuela de Miami is now in the know about Disney Infinity!

Abuela de Miami at the Disney Infinity Blogger Event!

Abuela de Miami recently participated in the Disney Infinity Blogger event here in Miami hosted by one of our favorite blogueras, Rory Mama Contemporanea! José Villeta, Director of Technology for Disney Interactive introduced the new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 edition and the new Marvel figures that are now a part of the collection.

There is great news all around for parents and abuelos that will place this gift under the tree for the little ones, The Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack is compatible with WiiU, PlayStation3, PlayStation4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. No need to purchase a new gaming system! The video game starter pack includes the following:

1 Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Video Game
(Please note: The Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack and The Disney Infinity 2.0: Toy Box Starter Pack include the same Video Game Software.)
1 Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Base
3 Marvel Super Heroes Figures: Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow
2 Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box Game Discs
1 Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set piece
1 Web Code Card
1 Poster

The expanded number of Disney Infinity figures will open new worlds where the creativity and imagination of every child can take off. I love that the kids are creating while they play. And the best news is that you now have a wide range of new superhero figures for gift giving throughout the year!

Note: Per Disney, Disney Infinity Figures and Power Discs are forward compatible, meaning they all work in Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition). However, Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Figures and Power Discs that are labeled 2.0 only work with the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Video Game Software and not with the previous Disney Infinity software. For more information go to http://www.infinity.disney.com

Have a wonderful Christmas celebration and remember that the most important gift you can give your loved ones this holiday season is yourself!

Feliz navidad y un prospero año nuevo amigos! Love,

Abuela de Miami

#TakeCarePeople and Get Covered!

In About on March 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm
@getcoveredUS

@getcoveredUS

Abuela de Miami is working with Bloggin’ Mamas, the Ad Council and Get Covered America to raise awareness about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available.

DID YOU KNOW:
-that March 31st is the deadline to enroll in subsidized healthcare?
-that more than 1 in 6 Americans don’t have health insurance?
-that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month?
-that 1 in 4 Hispanics are uninsured?
-that 1 in 6 African Americans are uninsured?
-that one trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars?
-that you can go to http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/ to get your questions answered?

I will be participating in a Twitter Chat tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11th from 1p-2p EST via #TakeCareChat. I would love for you to join in to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA. In case you miss that one, there will another one on March 18th from 1p-2p EST as well.

Remember to visit http://www.getcoveredamerica.org to learn more about your health plan options, local agencies which can answer questions, informational and enrollment events taking place in your area, and how to enroll by MARCH 31st mi gente! Also, if you have a moment tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11th, go ahead and log into the Twitter Chat from 1p-2p EST via #TakeCareChat. We’ll be learning about the Get Covered America and about our options under the ACA. In case you miss that one, there will another one on March 18th from 1p-2p EST as well.

You can also watch this short YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCFVMoNStU0 and follow Get Covered on Twitter @getcoveredUS

Disclosure: I am being compensated as a Twitter Chat Consultant for Bloggin’ Mamas who is working with Element Associates, Get Covered America and the Ad Council for this campaign.

“Trump”isms for success!

In About on March 7, 2014 at 9:10 am
@abuelademiami enjoying the @web.com #smallbizsummit

@abuelademiami enjoying the @web.com #smallbizsummit

“Trump”isms for Success

Abuela de Miami had the privilege of attending the Web,com Small Business Summit recently held at the Trump National Hotel in Doral, Florida during the Cadillac Championship. Web.com Tour hosted hundreds of small business owners in the south Florida area at the luxury resort and were given special VIP treatment that started with Preferred Parking, luxury shuttles, tickets to the golf championship, exquisite bites at the welcoming reception, an evening reception at the International Club on the 18th Hole aaaannnnddd…the Donald himself made an appearance and shared some of the wisdom that has made him successful.

1. You have to have “tremendous passion” for whatever it is you are doing.
– If you don’t have passion it’s never going to happen.
– You have to love what you do
– If you love what you do it is never really work
– “My vacation is my work” – Donald Trump

2. You have to develop the ability to never quit or give up.
– “People who quit are frickin losers” – Donald Trump
– When he experienced financial difficulty in the 90’s he came up with a slogan to motivate himself, “Survive til ’95”

3. Everybody makes mistakes; you must learn from your mistakes
– Use the laws of the country to your advantage, i.e. bankruptcy laws

4. Opportunity is the greatest when things aren’t going well
– The economy is going to get worse, there are some great deals available, this is a great time to have cash so you can buy

5. Momentum: many people don’t understand the word ‘momentum’. When you lose your momentum your business will suffer. Work to maintain your momentum

6. Pressure: many people cannot handle pressure.
– If you cannot handle pressure you should know that about yourself
– You have to understand what it is that makes people tick, but most importantly you have to know what makes you tick.

7. You never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes you have to take risks.
– You have to have great confidence
– You have to have great knowledge
– But you have to be willing to take risks

8. “One thing I learned about life: it’s not about money”
– Happiness is what it’s all about. Some of the richest people are mean, unhappy
– You need to do what makes you happy
– Having a family, a great life, real relationships supersede tremendous success!

Thank you Donald! And thank you Web.com for the special treat! #SmallBizSummit

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AMBAR Pre-Valentines Fiesta!

In About on February 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Disfrutando una fiesta Pre-Valentines con nuestra querida AMBAR

Disfrutando una fiesta Pre-Valentines con nuestra querida AMBAR


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One of Abuela de Miami’s favorite people is Ambar, singer, television personality, business woman, motivational speaker and someone who serves as an inspiration and role model for many women. Recently on a beautiful Miami evening before Valentine’s Day, a number of bloggers, media personalities and influencers were invited to celebrate this special day with Ambar and her great team. A big shout out to Bohemian Babushka, Miami Fashion Trends, Webcity Girls, LatinBlah and the ever present #305Chicas!

Ambar is a fascinating and multifaceted woman, a successful entrepreneur with a heart capable of embracing the whole world, and blessed with the grace to create, design, compose beautiful music and an exclusive line of luxury watches. In January she launched the weekly “Mujer No Pares de Bailar” motivational capsules on her YouTube channel: AmbarMusical, where she shares words of encouragement, wisdom and grace with her followers.

She was most recently nominated in the Female Artist of the Year Tropical category at Premios Lo Nuestro (Univision) for her recent album “Libre” produced by some of the best known personalities in the music industry such as Don Omar among others. She was also recognized as one of the best dressed on the magenta carpet!

Ambar spoiled us with a sumptuous Mediterranean spread, exquisite chocolates, champagne and capped off the evening by giving each one of us a signed watch from her luxury watch collection. Ambar’s motto is “Mujer: No Pares de Bailar,” translated, “Woman: Don’t Stop Dancing,” which she embodies and lives everyday of her life.

Thank you Ambar for being such a great friend to your followers and a Latina we can be proud of! Orgullo latino!